History of McLaren Central Michigan

McLaren Central Michigan is a 118-bed, acute care, not-for-profit hospital located in Mount Pleasant, offering a full range of quality health and wellness services to the residents of central Michigan including cardiovascular care, cancer services, and comprehensive surgical and orthopedic services.  The hospital has over 70 active staff physicians and is associated with more than 150 other skilled providers.

In January of 2013, McLaren Central Michigan opened the Wound & Hyperbaric Center in Mount Pleasant offering advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), all with the goal of accelerating healthy tissue growth in patients with chronic or slow healing wounds.  The Center provides the area's largest hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and the only HBOT facility in the state with patient lifts for individuals with limited mobility.

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) awarded McLaren Central Michigan President and CEO Bill Lawrence with the 2012 MHA Health Care Leadership Award. MHA honors outstanding individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to health care organizations and to the health and well-being of the community. 

McLaren Central Michigan's Free Clinic, providing no-cost primary care services to low-income, uninsured residents of Isabella County, opened its doors in January 2012.  Located in space donated by the Central Michigan District Health Department, the Free Clinic is open every Thursday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The clinic is staffed by qualified medical professionals who volunteer their time to serve our community.  During its first year the Clinic had 798 patient visits, treating an average of 22-25 patients each week.

McLaren Central Michigan was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare, in 2011 and 2009. McLaren Central Michigan was selected from nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide as an example for other healthcare organizations to follow, receiving high marks from the Thomson Reuters study in factors such as adherence to clinical standards of care, patient safety, patient satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability. 

In 2011, McLaren Central Michigan unveiled a new, ultra-short open bore MRI that produces higher quality images and has an opening nearly 20% larger than closed-bore MRIs. Most procedures are performed feet-first, with the patient's head staying outside the bore. Noise levels - patients' top complaint - are reduced by up to 90%. The new MRI also allows advanced breast imaging and biopsies that lead to more precise diagnoses and timelier, more accurate treatment decisions between doctors and patients.

The 7,000 square foot Heart & Vascular Center, which is located on the first floor of the hospital, celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 1, 2011. It includes a lab that supports low risk cardiac catheterization procedures, as well as a wide range of minimally invasive peripheral vascular procedures. Other areas within the center include physician office space, along with areas for non-invasive diagnostic services such as stress testing, nuclear medicine and ultrasound procedures.

In 2008, McLaren Central Michigan and Central Michigan Orthopaedics (Drs. Keating, Lilly and Moutsatson) partnered to offer a new comprehensive joint replacement program. The Central Michigan Joint Replacement Program offers an all-inclusive, planned course of treatment for individuals who undergo a total joint replacement with a strong focus on wellness, not sickness. Educational seminars are held monthly and are available for anyone interested in learning more about a total joint replacement.

In 2008, McLaren Central Michigan completely renovated the obstetrics unit into a modern day Family Birthing Center.  The center now offers the amenities of home with beautifully decorated private rooms as well as state-of-the-art central monitoring of laboring moms. The Family Birthing Center consistently receives high patient satisfaction scores.

In 2007, the Norval K. Morey Cancer Center received two five star awards from the American Cancer Society.  The hospital also installed a digital mammography system to provide our patients with the best possible breast imaging and comfort, with lower X-ray dosage.